Vickerman Rutherford

Dr. Vickerman Henzell Rutherford (6 December 1860 – 25 April 1934) was a British Liberal politician and doctor.

Vickerman Rutherford
Member of Parliament for Brentford
In office
Preceded byJames Bigwood
Succeeded byLord Alwyne Compton
Personal details
Born6 December 1860
Died25 April 1934 (aged 73)
Alma materSidney Sussex College, Cambridge


He was educated at Royal High School, Edinburgh and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.[1]


He first stood for parliament at the 1900 General Election as Liberal Party candidate for Osgoldcross. He was then elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Brentford at the 1906 General Election.[1] He was defeated at the January 1910 General election and did not contest the General Election in December 1910. He sought a return to parliament at the 1918 General Election when he stood as Liberal candidate at Bishop Auckland, without the support of the Coalition government 'coupon'. Coalition government endorsement was instead given to another Liberal candidate and as a result Rutherford finished third.[2] He switched his support to the Labour Party and contested the 1920 by-election in Sunderland and finished second.[3][4][5]

Electoral record

General election 1900: Osgoldcross [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Liberal John Austin 5,609 65.0 -1.8
Liberal Vickerman Rutherford 3,025 35.0 +1.8
Majority 2,584 30.0 -3.6
Turnout 58.8 -3.4
Independent Liberal hold Swing -1.8
General election 1906: Brentford[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Vickerman Rutherford 6,506 51.8 n/a
Conservative James Bigwood 6,053 48.2 n/a
Majority 453 3.6 n/a
Turnout 73.2 n/a
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing n/a
General election 1918: Bishop Auckland
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ben Spoor 10,060
Coalition Liberal Godfrey Vick 7,417
Liberal Vickerman Rutherford 2,411
Labour hold Swing
General election 1922: Sunderland[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Walter Raine 28,001 25.0 n/a
Unionist Luke Thompson 24,591 22.0 n/a
National Liberal Hamar Greenwood 19,058 17.0 n/a
Labour David Baxter Lawley 13,683 12.2 n/a
Labour Vickerman Rutherford 13,490 12.1 n/a
Liberal Andrew Common 13,036 11.7 n/a
Turnout 81.6 +26.2
Majority 5,533 5.0 n/a
Unionist hold Swing n/a
Majority n/a
Unionist gain from Liberal Swing n/a


  1. Who Was Who
  2. British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (The Macmillan Press 1974)
  3. "RUTHERFORD, Vickerman Henzell". Who Was Who. A & C Black. 1920–2008. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  4. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 5)
  5. British Parliamentary Election Results 1885-1918, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (The Macmillan Press 1974)
  6. British parliamentary election results, 1885-1918 (Craig)
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Bigwood
Member of Parliament for Brentford
1906Jan 1910
Succeeded by
Lord Alwyne Compton

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